Indigenous women's groups call on parties to commit to long-term funding.
All parties have told CBC News they promise to earmark long-term funding for Indigenous women's organizations. They have also indicated — at various points through their campaign trails — they would implement Yukon's sing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit (MMIWG2S+) strategy, which was released in December.
- Implementation principle of the strategy: Sustainability: Partners must come together and invest in changing systems, improving services, providing comprehensive, multi-year funding and in developing First Nations and Yukon service providers in all relevant fields over the long term to embed changes.
- Community Safety & Justice: 2.6 Violence Prevention and Response Programs: Review violence prevention and response programs and services and associated funding programs in Yukon to improve sustainability, positive outcomes and alignment with First Nations needs.
- Economic Independence & Education: 3.2 Post-Secondary Education and Professional Development:Improve funding for and access to culturally relevant career counselling, post-secondary education programs, and community education outreach.
- Community Action & Accountability: 4.5 Indigenous Women’s Organizations: Informed by a co-developed funding assessment process, provide adequate, long-term funding for Indigenous women’s organizations that supports effectiveness and enhances collaboration.
Press Release from President of Board of Directors for Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council Terri Szabo- April 8th, 2021 can be found here.